Best-on-best Stanley Cup Final should be savoured for its rarity

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche square off in the Stanley Cup Final as the consensus two best teams in hockey and for that, we should be grateful.

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JULIAN MCKENZIE: On a scale of 1 to 10, we can get everyone in on this. On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for this match-up genuinely?

OMAR: Oh, like, man. Probably like a solid 10. 9 or 10 just because like usually in like the Stanley Cup Final, there's like one team that's like wow, you're really sick. And the other team's just like OK, it's got a touch of the Disney magic and you're there for the forces or whatever, but like these are like two solid teams.

You have a team in Tampa that's like 1 cup away from being a legitimate-- another dynasty, but like better because like 3 cups in a row. Oh, but the COVID-- whatever. It's 3 cups in a row and then you have Colorado and again, Stan brought this up a couple weeks ago, a team that has done it right.

Done it right as far as drafting, developing, managing the cap, making great trades so it's just like and again, the players on either team are solid. So I think regardless the thing that worries me is that like one team will just dominate. I don't want that to happen.

I want it to be a legitimate battle like all the way through. It would be-- if we get like a game 7 overtime winner, I would go nut-- like I have never been so like emotionally anticipating a series that doesn't involve a team I like actively care about in a long time so I'm really looking forward to this one.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: About you, Sam?

SAM CHANG: Yeah, I agree with that. I was going to say I'm with Omar.

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JULIAN MCKENZIE: I was ready to mouth the words exactly. I was ready to mouth your exact response.

SAM CHANG: I mean, he's not wrong though, right? Like this is the first time in a long time that it is arguably the two best teams in the league going head-to-head. And it doesn't happen often enough that the two best teams in hockey are the ones battling it out for the Stanley Cup, and I wish we saw this more often. And probably the only thing that I might be slightly more excited for is the ESPN 30 for 30 Bob's Red Wings show.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: Yes.

SAM CHANG: But otherwise, I-- yeah. I'm 10 out of 10 excited for the series.

JULIAN MCKENZIE: Cuth?

JUSTIN CUTHBERT: Yeah, I mean, I think during allergy season I max out at about 8 out of 10 in terms of excitement like that's all I'm capable of when I'm constantly at war with whatever it that is outside. But I'll give it a 7 and 1/2 out of 10 for that reason so it's really 7 and 1/2 out of 8.

My only worry-- I want to leave that 0.5 out there because I was so excited for Oilers Avalanche and that was largely a dud so I just don't want to get too excited about it, but you guys are right. The best two teams finally meeting in a Stanley Cup Final. The best series since maybe Red Wings Penguins over a decade ago.

It's very rare that we see the best teams. We're finally getting the best teams. There's no like Cinderella playing at the real extremes of their performance ranges. Those are just the two best teams going at it and that's probably the best thing for hockey.

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